Copyright and book covers

Agreement between ALIA and the Australian Publishers Association

August 2016
 
The Australian Publishers Association and the Australian Library and Information Association agree that it is in everyone's interest for libraries to be able to reproduce images of book covers to promote library programs and collections and to connect readers with books and authors, for example in library displays, posters, catalogues, bookmarks and other marketing materials, social media posts and website pages.
 
While libraries may already be able to rely on provisions in the Copyright Act to use copyright material for such promotional purposes, and while the Australian Publishers Association is not aware of any concerns by publishers about such uses – the Australian Publishers Association and the Australian Library and Information Association agree on the value of an environment in which libraries are free from doubt and feel confident, for promotional purposes, to reproduce the image of the cover of a book whose copyright is owned by Australian publishers.
 
It is the policy of the Australian Publishers Association that its members allow such use without any need for specific permission or payment.